Aug
28
2013

How can I get over a fear of driving on unfamiliar routes?

I’ve a job interview Tuesday at 9am and the company is located off a highway I’ve never driven on. There are several route changes on the way there as well. None of which I’ve driven on or seen.

I’m too scared to go.

I was advised that a gps would help me but it doesn’t.
It doesn’t erase the fear at all.

I can’t even get myself to do a "dry run".

This fear has been holding me back from other opportunities as well.
What the heck do I do?

It’s only unfamiliar because you’ve never been there, so that needs to change and then you’ll feel more comfortable with it. Try going with a friend who you trust. Then you’ll feel more comfortable with doing a dry run by yourself.

Remember that when you’re going anywhere that’s unfamiliar to you that you’re safe. You can deal with any situation that comes up. If you struggle with ‘what if’ ("What if this happens or that happens?") thinking, remind yourself that it’s best not to cross a bridge before you get to it. And then reinforce the believe that you can deal with things.

4 Responses to “How can I get over a fear of driving on unfamiliar routes?”

  1. Buy a map
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  2. I have the fear of getting lost. The GPS will help but your right it doesn’t arase it all. The best way is to do a dry run. But if you dont want to do it by yourself get someone to go with you. Someone who is suportive and you know that if your fears get to much they can get you threw it. 😀 Good luck on getting to your job interview and going on it.
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  3. I’ve been there. I use to be terrified of the highway. Longer trips with many changes in places I’ve never been still make me a little nervous but excited too since I got over the fear.

    Facing the fear head on is what you need to do. I know that sounds hard but nobody said life was easy.

    Consider bringing a friend/relative with you who is willing to coach you along, and possibly drive back if you get too nervous. During a dry run might be ideal. A few dry runs, if you need it.

    Try to experience joy in a small road trip. Find a cool place that sounds fun on Yelp for example that’s somewhere you’ve never been. Then drive there.

    Consider doing the dry run when the highway is empty at night, around midnight should be good.

    When you’re over the fear you’re going to be so much happier. Driving can be so enjoyable. There isn’t a rush and you should do it on your own pace but you know like I did, if you want to get around and open the door to new opportunities it’s something you’re going to need to do for yourself.
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  4. It’s only unfamiliar because you’ve never been there, so that needs to change and then you’ll feel more comfortable with it. Try going with a friend who you trust. Then you’ll feel more comfortable with doing a dry run by yourself.

    Remember that when you’re going anywhere that’s unfamiliar to you that you’re safe. You can deal with any situation that comes up. If you struggle with ‘what if’ ("What if this happens or that happens?") thinking, remind yourself that it’s best not to cross a bridge before you get to it. And then reinforce the believe that you can deal with things.
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